Issue no 318

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AFRICA'S TRANSITION TO FIBRE LIKELY TO BE SLOWER THAN EXPECTED, SAYS NEW REPORT

With the proposed EASSy fibre cable coming on stream in 2008 and the steady roll-out of national backbone and cross-border links, it might be expected that the proportion of African traffic carried by fibre would increase very quickly. This appears unlikely to happen within the next three to five years, according to a new report from Balancing Act out this week. Currently around 80% of all of Africa's voice and data traffic is carried by satellite but this figure is likely to fall as the continent increases fibre links at all levels. The balance of traffic is almost all carried…

Telecoms

SA GOVT DECIDES TO KEEP ESKOM'S NETWORK ASSETS TO PROVIDE COMPETITION TO TELKOM

On the face of it, the plan by Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin to keep Eskom's telecommunications infrastructure within state hands and lease it to the second national phone operator…


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GHANA TELECOM TO BE RE-PRIVATISED

If you don't succeed first time, try, try again. The Ghanaian Cabinet has given the approval for the re-privatisation of Ghana Telecom. A transaction adviser is to be appointed to…


Telecoms

MTC GROUP CELEBRATES 2 MILLION CUSTOMERS IN SUDAN

Less than six months after acquiring the Mobitel network in Sudan, Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) said it had passed the two million mark for subscribers, with latest figures showing the…


Telecoms

COMIUM WINS A GSM LICENSE IN GAMBIA

Comium Mobile says that it has been awarded a GSM license in Gambia. With two existing mobile operators, Comium believes that the market is still underserved and that it can…


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ZAMTEL TO LAY FIBRE LINK TO CONNECT TO EASSY

In preparation for connecting to the proposed EASSy cable, Zamtel has completed feasibility studies into the laying of a fibre link to connect to it, said Zamtel's public relations manager.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenyan regulator CCK announced that the pre-qualification bids for a Second National fixed line telephone operator in Kenya are completed. 13 companies had participated out of which five had…


Internet

AFRICA ONLINE INTRODUCES INFINET WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICE IN GHANA

Africa Online in Ghana has publicly rolled out its wireless broadband service in Ghana. Infinet will afford its subscribers access to Internet services without having to own a fixed telephone…


Internet

NTRA CUTS ADSL PRICES IN EGYPT

The Egyptian regulator NTRA has cut ADSL prices in a bid to meet its ambitious target of getting more than 500,000 users on high-speed access by 2007. The goal is…


Internet

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES US$100M EQUAL ACCESS BACKBONE NETWORK

Nigerian Minister of Communications, Chief Cornelius Adebayo launched a $100m fibre backbone rollout project aimed at providing equal access to all providers with Chinese support. It is the first of…


Internet

MYADSL SURVEYS BROADBAND OFFERINGS IN SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET

The number of ADSL subscribers in South Africa is growing at a steady rate, and so is the number of ADSL ISP offerings. But which ADSL offerings are best suited…


Computing

BRANDED PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE HOLDS MARKET SHARE IN SA PUBLIC SECTOR MARKETS

Free software isn't making much headway in public-sector circles. Government hasn't lived up to its promise to use free open-source software in preference to paying for it from companies like…


Computing

ELECTRONIC COMMODITY EXCHANGE TO BE TESTED IN UGANDA

The Uganda Commodities Exchange (UCE) is considering using the electronic Warehouse Receipt System to open up opportunities for domestic, regional and global trade for Ugandan farmers, writes Balancing Act's Uganda…


Computing

IT WILL NOT MEET CURRENCY DEADLINE SWITCH IN ZIMBABWE

Computer systems will not to meet the deadline for changeover to the new currency, an information technology (IT) expert has warned. Zimbabwe dropped three zeros from the currency last Monday,…


Computing

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLANS CRASH-PROGRAMME ON ICT

Worried by the low level skill acquisition in information and communication technology in the country's educational system and its resultant negative impact on job creation efforts, Federal Government has unveiled…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

-The Ghanaian Ministry of Public Sector Reform handed over 450 pieces of computers and accessories with printers to selected public sector agencies to boost their service delivery. The equipments were…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced plans to harmonize all the emergency telephone numbers by different network operators. Nigerian would soon have one emergency, call free number, that would…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYA TELKOM REFORMS TO SAVE FIRM SH4 BILLION IN COST

Telkom Kenya's restructuring programme will save the company Sh4 billion operations costs, managing director Sammy Kirui has said. Kirui said the savings will be realised from a lean and efficient…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM'S BCX BUY DELAYED

Fixed-line operator Telkom has had to put the brakes on its buyout of information technology services (IT) company Business Connexion (BCX), as it has not met all the conditions for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ZIMBABWE TELONE REAPS US$10 MILLION FROM AGRICULTURE

Fixed phone monopoly, Tel One has earned US$10 million (Z$2.5 billion at the official exchange rate) from its involvement in agriculture. Tel One is desperate for cash to replace its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELTEL'S KENYA HALF-YEAR PROFITS FALL TO SH64M

Mobile phone operator, Celtel Kenya Limited's half-year after tax profits dropped to Sh64 million in the first six months to June from Sh626 million registered in the same period last…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Zimbabwean telecommunications Company, Econet Wireless, said that it had secured a US$20 million loan from the Africa Export-Import Bank (Affreximbank) to expand its cellular phone network in the country.…


Digital Content

ONLINE MEDIA SHOWS SOLID SIGNS OF GROWTH IN SOUTH AFRICA

Online media usage continued to show solid growth, according to the latest web traffic figures of South African sites, reported by members of the Online Publishers Association (OPA). Business in…


Digital Content

DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY REPAIRS RWANDA'S AGRICULTURE MINISTRY WEBSITE

The Ministry of Agriculture's website is being revamped by Rwanda Development Gateway (RDG) to provide better and clear information about the day today Ministry activities. This follows the Ministry website…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The National Virtual Library is now live and available for the use of Nigerian universities. The (purpose-built) facility in its take-off form, has over 1.3 million international collections with…


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CTL COMMENDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON BREAK IN CABLE TV MONOPOLY IN NIGERIA

The management of Communication Trends Ltd, operators of CTL cable TV and Trendtv DTH has commended the Federal Minister of information and National Orientation, Mr Frank Nweke Jnr and the…


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NEW TV CHANNEL FOR AFRICA

Africa is mulling setting up a 24-hour television news channel that would portray the continent in positive perspective on the global platform and promote a development agenda, officials said on…


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PEOPLE

* The CEO of Algérie Télécom, Ibrahim Ouaret, has been remanded in custody by the Algiers Court of Appeal, following allegations that the company had engaged in illegal tendering procedures.…


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EVENTS

www.aitecafrica.com www.terrapinn.com www.cto.int www.ispa.org.za www.terrapinn.com www.ncc.gov.ng www.iir-events.com - REGIONAL SEMINAR ON BROADBAND WIRELESS ACCESS FOR RURAL AND REMOTE AREAS IN AFRICA 18th-21st September 2006, Yaoundé, Cameroon The seminar will examine…


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CALL FOR TENDERS

- CALL FOR PROPOSALS (CFP) FOR CONNECTIVITY OF THE EAST AFRICAN INTERNET EXCHANGE POINTS (EAIXP) This project aims to keep the East African internet traffic local to the region through…


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SENIOR FIXED CORE NETWORK DESIGN CONSULTANT - BOTSWANA

The company is currenlty looking for a Senior Fixed Core Network Design Consultant to verify fixed core network design and provide detailed recommendations for improvement. The following will be provided:…


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ERICSSON GPRS O&M ENGINEER - TANZANIA

The company is looking to find an experienced Ericsson GPRS O&M Engineer. Must have at least 3 years experience on Ericsson equipment. The ideal candidate will have previous experience with…


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MNET AND CONCILIUM - SOUTH AFRICA

Concilium Technologies has announced that M-Net and SuperSport, M-Net's eight channels dedicated to sports programming, have selected Vizrt solutions for the asset management of over 200 000 hours of existing…


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SPESCOM AND COMPUTER POINT - EAST AFRICA

Spescom DataFusion has concluded a partnership agreement with East Africa-based ICT provider, Computer Point. This agreement marks the conclusion of the first phase of Spescom's plans to establish a presence…


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MTC GROUP AND SIEMENS - MEA

Siemens Communications announcedthat it has signed a global frame agreement with the regional telecom giant Mobile Telecommunication Company (MTC). The agreeement includes the unification of commercial and legal terms and…


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ECONET WIRELESS AND INNSCOR - ZIMBABWE

Econet Wireless has entered into a strategic partnership with Innscor Africa that will see the latter distributing recharge cards and other cellular products across the country. Under the deal, Innscor…


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CCK AND ASCOM - KENYA

Industry regulator Communications Commission of Kenya director-general John Waweru announced a deal with Ascom that will see the Commission buy Sh50 million monitoring equipment for the exercise. If our correspondent…